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PAPER PLANTS

Materials

1. Green paper, pencil 2. Scissors 3. Isopropyl alcohol 4. Cotton swabs 5. Spray bottle 6. Green floral wire and wire cutters 7. Glue 8. Pink marker 9. Pot 10. Styrofoam 11. Gravel

Materials

Instructions

Steps
Step 1
Using the template trace and cut out each leaf. Keep the scraps, we’ll use them later.
Steps
Step 2
Next start by misting each leaf with water. Using a cotton swab soaked with bleach, draw on the vein pattern, a simple line down the center with approximately four sets of lines branching off.
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Step 3
Once the leaves are fully dried, it’s time to work with the isopropyl alcohol. Using the lines you created with the bleach as a guide, draw on veins with the pink marker. Trace the edge of the leaf with the pink marker and add a smattering of dots in various sizes. Add a dense area of green dots at the top center crevice of each leaf and a few green dots among the pink in the rest of the leaf. Next, using a cotton swab soaked in isopropyl alcohol, trace over each mark you made with the markers, allowing the ink to spread and further soak into the paper.
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Step 4
Cut paper strips approximately 3/4” wide by 2” long. Place wires along the center of the leaf’s back and coat a strip with tacky glue. Cover the wire with the glue-coated strip and secure it in place by running a bone folder along the contours of the wire. After the glue has dried, grab your markers again and connect the veins, drawing on the paper strip.
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Step 5
Bend the wire stems so the leaves are pointing down. Next, fill your pot with foam and cover the foam with the gravel you chose. Insert the stems into the foam and carefully arrange your paper caladium so it’s balanced but not perfectly symmetrical. Lastly, adjust the angle of the leaves to your liking.

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